It is your employer’s responsibility to make sure that they protect your health and safety while you are at work. This does not just apply to one-off accidents — they should also be preventing the longer term conditions that can be work-related, known as industrial illnesses in Kingsbridge or wherever you work. Loss of hearing, dead finger, exposure to dangerous substances and carpal tunnel syndrome are just a few examples of the conditions that can develop over time in a workplace environment.
Most industrial illnesses and conditions do permanent damage to the victim, some of them proving fatal. One that can be reversed and cured, though, is carpal tunnel syndrome.
We can help with claims for industrial illnesses in Kingsbridge, including carpal tunnel problems
In the human wrist, there are eight bones which are called the carpal bones. On top of the bones are tendons, and these join the arm to your hand. The space between them is called the carpal tunnel, and running through it is the nerve that connects to your hand, which splits into five when it reaches your palm.
Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the nerve becomes inflamed or compressed. It will cause you pain and discomfort, and that is when you may wish to use the services of Accident Advice Helpline’s solicitors, to help you claim for industrial illnesses in Kingsbridge.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
Many people do not realise that they have the condition at first, because it starts with just a few pins and needles in the middle and index fingers. However, after a while this will change to tingling and burning sensations, and eventually pain. The pain can start to travel up your arm, and it is not unusual for your palm to become numb and to start losing the grip in your hand. If it is still ignored, the muscles of your hand can start to waste, particularly around the base of your thumb.
Both hands may become affected at the same time, so if you think that you may have the condition the first thing you should do is stop the action that is causing it. This could be constantly using a keyboard, or anything that puts undue pressure on your wrist. Excessive twisting and turning of your wrist can also cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome
The main thing that your wrist needs in the case of carpal tunnel syndrome is rest, although in severe cases surgery might be needed to release the nerve.
Making your compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline
If you are suffering any industrial condition through your job, or have been injured in any type of accident that was not your fault, contacting Accident Advice Helpline is the sensible thing to do. Our experience and expertise will ensure that your claim is handled as quickly and smoothly as possible, while making certain that you get the fairest payout for your circumstances.
Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, for friendly, free legal advice about making claims from one of our helpful advisors. They will talk you through all the process of a claim, then let you decide if you want to continue.
Date Published: 16th April 2014
Author: David Brown